But the grapevine said to them,
“Should I stop giving my wine
that cheers both God and man,
and rule over trees?”
wine that makes man’s heart glad—
making his face shine with oil—
and bread that sustains man’s heart.
A feast is prepared for laughter,
and wine makes life happy,
and money is the answer for everything.
How lovely and beautiful they will be!
Grain will make the young men flourish,
and new wine, the young women.
Ephraim will be like a warrior,
and their hearts will be glad as if with wine.
Their children will see it and be glad;
their hearts will rejoice in Yahweh.
Give beer to one who is dying
and wine to one whose life is bitter. Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty
and remember his trouble no more.
Moreover, wine betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself;
he collects all the peoples for himself.
Promiscuity, wine, and new wine
take away one’s understanding.
Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine.
But some sneered and said, “They’re full of new wine!”